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How to Get Ahead in Advertising
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Essential for Grant/Robinson fans."
4 stars

Dennis Bagley (Richard E. Grant), a splenetic ad man, is assigned to create a campaign for pimple cream. He obsesses about boils so much that he develops one on his neck ó and it begins to speak.

Bruce Robinsonís satire has broader laughs than his woolly, shaggy, lovable-very-much-despite-itself Withnail & I, which may lead some to decide itís the better comedy. But Advertising covers much of the same ground as the far inferior Crazy People and often feels like Robinsonís attempt to be Paddy Chayefsky. It peters out near the end, losing its edge and becoming flatly didactic.

Still, I laughed a lot, because the always-hilarious Grant takes Robinsonís gargantuan monologues and slams them home. Best line: ďIsnít it amazing how much steam comes off of hot peas?Ē

Grant alone makes this eminently worth renting, and nowhere else will you see Rachel Ward (as Grantís wife) talking into a vacuum-cleaner attachment.

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11/12/11 Joshua David Hall It was funnytrippy and stupid all at once 3 stars
12/28/07 Michelle Mackenzie Hilarious 5 stars
9/16/05 irene smith great 5 stars
2/08/05 karen richardson it is equal to withnail and itops marks 5 stars
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  01-May-1989 (R)
  DVD: 11-Jan-2011



Directed by
  Bruce Robinson

Written by
  Bruce Robinson

  Richard E. Grant
  Rachel Ward
  Richard Wilson
  Jacqueline Tong

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